Tennessee Opens As Favorites Against Florida

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    Juwan Mitchell

    Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell against Florida in his final game of the 2021 season. Photo by Tennessee Athletics

    Tennessee opened as favorites against Florida in its SEC opener at Neyland Stadium. Favorites by how many points? Well that depends who you ask.

    The Vols opened as 5.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sunday morning with that line quickly pushing all the way to Tennessee -9.5 Florida. That spread isn’t as high as Circa Sports line, which opened with Tennessee as a 10-point favorites over the Gators.

    Draft Kings has Tennessee as an 8.5-point favorite while BetRivers has the smallest opening line of any major sports book: Tennessee -4.5 Florida.

    The over/under opened up at 65.5 according to Circa Sports.

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    Tennessee is 3-0 against the spread this season after covering the massive 48.5-point spread against Akron in week three.

    The over has hit twice in Tennessee games this season while the under has hit once.

    Florida is 1-2 against the spread this season, covering in Billy Napier’s debut against Utah before not covering against either Kentucky or USF. The over has hit twice in Florida games this season while the under has hit once.

    Tennessee is favorites against Florida for the first time since 2016— which is subsequently the Vols lone win over Florida in its last 17 tries. The Vols closed as 5.5-point favorites against the Gators in 2016.

    Florida was 19-point favorites over Tennessee last year in Gainesville.

    Kick-off between the Vols and Gators is at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. CBS is broadcasting the game with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson on the call for the SEC Game of the Week.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.


    1. Have been to and replayed all three games, we are still letting to many yds against the pass, the D is starting to stuff the run game. We’ll see how well we play against an SEC defensive unit like FLA has. This will be a tough game, eventually decided by third and fourth down success. Slava Ukraine!

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